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Collection Description

Collection Title
Basil Lam Programme Notes: Box 3 (1967-78)
Unique Identifier
A collection of concert programmes for performances given at various English venues - principally the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, London - between 1967 and 1978, each containing historical and descriptive notes written by Basil Lam, held as part of the last of three boxes of printed and handwritten material relating to Lam (d. March 1984).

Unless otherwise stated below, the programmes also included biographical notes (some with photographs), lists of the orchestral ensemble and, where appropriate, texts for the vocal/choral items. The majority of Lam's notes refer to early/Baroque repertory.

The collection has been organized with material relating to a particular programme/performance given the same identification number. These numbers are provided in square brackets below, where items are listed alphabetically by venue.

1. Queen Elizabeth Hall
7 January 1970: Handel, The Messiah, given by Elizabeth Simon, Paul Esswood, Ian Partridge and David Thomas (vocal) with the London Orpheus Choir and Orchestra, conducted by James Gaddarn [404].
30 March 1972: Bach, St. John Passion, given by John Carol Case, Duncan Robertson, Ilse Wolf, Paul Esswood, Bernard Dickerson and John Barrow (vocal), with the London Orpheus Choir and Orchestra, conducted by James Gaddarn [388].
28 January 1976: London Sinfonietta, conducted by Michel Tabachnik, including the world premiere of Xenakis, Phlegra [375].

2. Royal Albert Hall
- Henry Wood Promenade Concerts
1 August 1973: Handel, The Messiah, given by Jill Gomez, James Bowman, Phillip Langridge and Raimund Herincx (vocal) with the Richard Hickox Orchestra and Singers, conducted by Richard Hickox [272].
9 September 1974: BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Singers, conducted by Raymond Leppard [291].
11 September 1974: London Sinfonietta with Aurele Nicolet (flute), Heinz Holliger (oboe) and Barry Tuckwell (horn), conducted by David Atherton [300].
8 August 1975: BBC Symphony Orchestra with Simon Lindley (organ), the BBC Singers and the BBC Choral Society, conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, including the world premiere of David Bedford, Twelve Hours of Sunset, conducted by John Poole [368].
16 July 1976: Beethoven, Mass in D major, given by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, with Ursula Koszut, Anna Reynolds, Anthony Rolfe Johnson and John Shirley-Quirk (vocal) with the BBC Singers and BBC Choral Society, conducted by Colin Davis [381].
10 September 1976: BBC Symphony Orchestra with Heather Harper, Maureen Guy, John Mitchinson and Donald McIntyre (vocal) and the BBC Singers and BBC Choral Society, conducted by Raymond Leppard.
The programmes for 1973 and 9 September 1974 inlude lists of the choral ensembles.

- Miscellaneous Royal Albert Hall concerts
27 March 1975: London Symphony Orchestra with John Brown, Roy Gillard, David Nolan and Robert Retallick (violins), conducted by Erich Leinsdorf [306].
24 March 1978: Handel, The Messiah, given by the Royal Choral Society with Ann-Marie Connors, James Bowman, Richard Morton and Stephen Roberts (vocal) and the London Mozart Players, conducted by Meredith Davies [405].

3. Royal Festival Hall
30 May 1973: Royal Philharmonic Society (161st season, last concert), given by the English Chamber Orchestra with Pinchas Zukerman (violin), Kenneth Sillito, José-Luis Garcia and John Tunnell (violins) [263].
19 November 1975: BBC Symphony Orchestra, with Valerie Masterson, Patricia Payne, Robert Tear and John Shirley-Quirk (vocal), the BBC Singers and BBC Choral Society, conducted by Colin Davis [371].
27 October 1976: BBC Symphony Orchestra, with Elizabeth Gale, Ann Murray and John Elwes (vocal) and the BBC Singers and BBC Choral Society, conducted by Brian Wright (2 copies) [386].
23 March 1977: Royal Philharmonic Society (165th season no.6), with Isaac Stern (violin), conducted by Bernard Haitink [390].

4. Miscellaneous venues
30 September 1967, Ely Cathedral: Monteverdi, Vespers. A performance to celebrate the composer's 400th birthday, presented by the Monteverdi Choir in association with the BBC Third Programme [302]
14 March 1976, Dome, Brighton: BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Pritchard, as part of the 1975–76 season of the Brighton Philharmonic Society [377].
2 and 5 December 1976 and 20 January 1977, St. Donat's Arts Centre/University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff/High School, Penlan, Brecon: BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra (single document) [385].
11 May 1977, [no venue]: Bach, Mass in B minor, given by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir with Sheila Armstrong, Janet Baker, Robert Tear and Norman Bailey (vocal), conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini.
7 September 1978, St Margaret's Westminster: The Brandenburgs at St Margaret's, given by the Richard Hickox Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hickox.
Date range of collection
1967 - 1978
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Not Specific
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Location Details

Royal College of Music, Library
Prince Consort Road London SW7 2BS United Kingdom
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020 7591 4323
020 7589 7740
Visiting Information
Loans of performance sets to individual societies or persons; binding; reprographics; photocopying; microform printing
Collections Overview
Founded in 1883, the RCM Library primarily supports the performance, study and research of RCM members. It is also open to the public for reference and research. It contains some 300,000 items, including significant collections of early printed and manuscript material from the 16th to 19th centuries, given to the College upon its foundation, specifically the Libraries of the Sacred Harmonic Society and of the Concerts of Ancient Music. Donations since have included autographs of composers of international renown, amongst them Beethoven, Chopin, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert, as well as manuscripts and archives of major British composers. Although a British bias is apparent, the collection also has significant German and Italian manuscripts and early printed holdings. Later acquisitions of printed music include large quantities of out-of-print material, and sizeable collections of performance sets. Audio-visual holdings and the RCM's own sound archive's are also extensive.
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Cardif University (Prifysgol Caerdydd)Royal College of Music LondonMuseums, Libraries and Archives Council